Peter Obi slams attack on students, urges investigations

Peter Obi slams attack on students, urges investigations

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has condemned the reported attack on school children sitting for the WAEC examination in Imo State.

He described the act as un-Igbo, out of place as well as misguided aggression.

Peter Obi who spoke to journalists on Tuesday, September 14, said he does not believe any Igbo man would contemplate attacking innocent students.

He said education should ideally be treated as something “sacred’; because it is not just about the future of the children, but also the future of society.

Peter Obi said it was perplexing against the fact that IPOB had issued countless press releases; suspending the Monday sit-at-home and therefore could not logically be responsible for the attack.

Based on his observations, Obi called for proper investigations to unravel those behind the attack.

He said: “Since IPOB has announced the suspension of the sit-at-home; it is reasonable to suspect that other forces might be hiding behind IPOB to draw back the South-East through such acts; as well as the needless call for stay at home on Mondays, a critical day for business/official work; which is only hurting the economy of the South-East.

“Would investors come to the zone; under the present condition? Would established businesses not think of leaving the South-East; under such a condition? Would traders from neighbouring countries that flock Aba and Onitsha on Mondays not seek and stick with alternatives? Would some industries not think of relocating?”

He called on political leaders to further strengthen their collective engagements; with the view to charting the best path for the South-East.

Meanwhile, Mr Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said on Tuesday, September 14, that the measures put in place by the apex bank to prevent economic crisis spilling into a financial crisis in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic had paid-up.

Emefiele made the assertion at a 14th Annual hybrid banking and finance conference organised by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) under the theme: “Economic Recovery, Inclusion and Transformation: The Role of Banking and Finance.”

According to him, key indicators in the banking sector continued to reflect that the banking sector remained strong , resilient and also healthy.

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“To prevent an economic crisis from spilling into a financial crisis the CBN worked to protect the interest of depositors; by ensuring that banks made adequate capital provisions to cover for unexpected loses.

”We also enabled banks to restructure their loans granted to individuals and businesses significantly affected by the pandemic.

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